CMC fits its SoCal location—having a car is part of the culture. While it is possible to live on campus without a car, it’s difficult to get beyond the necessities without a car. Walking to class (on CMC’s campus or any other 5C) is a breeze. Some students use other methods of transportation such as bikes or skateboards, but the majority of students walk. The longest walk on campus is usually 15 minutes. To go out to dinner or to a movie in the Village, it's about a 25-minute walk to the Village, or an easy 5-minute bike ride.
Getting out of Claremont without a car is a lot more difficult. It is possible to catch a Foothill Transit bus in the Village, but they are somewhat unreliable. There are taxi services, as well, but they are pricey. Freshmen aren’t allowed to have cars, but most upperclassmen do, and they are generous with rides. Both LA and the beach are about 45 minutes away by car.
CMC also offers a ZipCar service, where students can rent cars for a few hours/days. Most students going home fly out of Ontario airport, a small local airport. Some people also use Long Beach Airport or John Wayne Airport, but they are a bit further away. LAX is definitely more difficult to get to, but they do have more flight variety.